Translink to reduce service on certain routes due to low traffic

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TransLink is reducing service on a number of bus, Seabus and West Coast Express lines due to low ridership and financial pressures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a press release, ridership has decreased considerably on a number of routes, with ridership down 90% on the Seabus, 95% on the West Coast Express and bus embarkations down 82% .

The total number of boardings on the entire public transport network decreased by 83%.

“Following the sudden and significant drop in the number of passengers, the temporary suspension of
the collection of fares on buses to allow boarding through the back door and a 60% reduction in fuel tax
revenues due to the reduced number of people driving, TransLink’s revenues have dropped dramatically, “said a statement.

“At the same time, TransLink is committed to continuing to provide essential service to
people working in healthcare and other vital sectors. “

Customers are invited to prepare for the following service changes starting Monday, April 6:

  • SeaBus will switch to a 30-minute navigation schedule throughout the day.
  • Coast Mountain Bus Company will reduce bus service with a
    focus on very busy roads. Priority will be given to maintaining
    service on roads where pass-ups occur.

Wednesday, West Coast Express 4 train, leaving Mission at 6:55 a.m. and
The waterfront at 5:30 p.m. will be canceled.

Service reductions will result in longer wait times for travelers, so customers are only asked to travel when necessary.

“We ask customers to travel in transit only when necessary, so space is available for essential service workers. Traffic levels will be closely monitored to balance the physical distance guidelines with the need to reduce service.

A rate increase scheduled to take effect on July 1 has also been postponed for the moment.

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